• Mountain Lion Poisoned as Rodenticides Move Up the Food Chain

    Updated: 2014-04-18 05:01:22
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 18, 2014) Test results have confirmed that the charismatic mountain lion named P-22 —that frequently roams the hills of the San Gabriel Mountains surrounding Los Angeles, California— has been exposed to highly toxic rat poisons. When remote cameras in Griffith Park caught images of the puma, state park officials saw a thin […]

  • Food Price Update (March CPI)

    Updated: 2014-04-17 14:50:24
    The Department of Labor noted this week, that food prices increased by 0.4% in March. Drought in Brazil and the U.S., particularly in California, have put a dent in output. Prices for producer products are set to increase as well. And on the East Coast, cold temperatures and rain have also negatively impacted spring crops. […]

  • “DARK” Act Introduced to Stop the Labeling of GE Foods

    Updated: 2014-04-17 05:01:15
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 17, 2014) Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) recently introduced H.R. 4432, a bill that would give full authority of  genetically engineered (GE) labeling to the Food and Drug Administration, which now favors a voluntary approach to the issue. The bill is designed by industry to undercut a growing number of states that are taking […]

  • Federal Reserve Beige Book: Observations on the Ag Economy- April 2014

    Updated: 2014-04-16 20:42:51
    Today the Federal Reserve Board released its Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions. Commonly referred to as the “Beige Book,” the report included the following observations with respect to the U.S. agricultural economy: * Fifth District- Richmond- “Persistent cold temperatures and wet field conditions delayed planting of row crops and in some locations, limited days out […]

  • Public Interest Groups Intervene to Defend Kauai’s GE Law

    Updated: 2014-04-16 05:01:20
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 16, 2014) The U.S. District Court of Hawaii granted a Motion to Intervene jointly presented by Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice on behalf of several community non-profit groups. The order allows the groups to participate in a lawsuit filed by Syngenta and other pesticide companies challenging Kauai’s County Ordinance 960, […]

  • Fish from Alaskan Wilderness Contaminated with Banned Pesticides

    Updated: 2014-04-15 12:46:00
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 15, 2014) A new study released last week by the National Park Service on contaminant use in Alaska, found traces of pesticides in fish —pesticides which have long been banned and likely never been used within the Alaskan wilderness areas. Researchers examined three Alaskan parks renowned for their remote, pristine and protected […]

  • Herbicide Ban Put on Hold In Sri Lanka

    Updated: 2014-04-14 05:01:26
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 14, 2014) Bowing to political pressure and agrochemical industry opposition Sri Lanka’s government has taken a step back from its original decision to place a ban on one of the most widely used herbicides worldwide —glyphosate. Scientific evidence has tied glyphosate to the incurable, deadly kidney disease that has afflicted thousands of […]

  • CNBC- U.S. Government Courts New Farmers

    Updated: 2014-04-13 12:12:02
    On Friday, a USDA news release indicated that, “Today, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).” Jane Wells, of CNBC, elaborated on this issue […]

  • Connecticut Senate Moves Forward on GE Grass Ban

    Updated: 2014-04-11 05:01:28
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 11, 2014) Connecticut State Senate bill no.443, an act that bans the sale of genetically engineered (GE) grass seeds, passed the state Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 25-11. The bill shows Connecticut legislators are taking seriously the risks that increased pesticide use in residential areas pose to the health of […]

  • CFR Interview: A Conversation with Tom Vilsack

    Updated: 2014-04-10 14:13:34
    From the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), April 9 – “Secretary Vilsack discusses the implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), food security, and immigration reform, as part of CFR’s Renewing America series. “The Renewing America series examines how policies at home directly influence the economic and military strength of the United States […]

  • Bloomberg Video: Why the World Is Looking for U.S. Crops

    Updated: 2014-04-10 14:08:03
    From Bloomberg News, April 9–- Bloomberg’s Alan Bjerga reports on commodity prices and the California drought’s impact on food prices. He speaks with Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Bottom Line.’” See also, “Withered California Fruit Seen Raising Food Costs.” -kg

  • Pesticide Law Violations Uncovered in Oregon Timberland Spraying

    Updated: 2014-04-10 01:17:15
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 10, 2014) – The results of an on-going investigation into allegations of improper pesticide spraying on timberland near residential areas in Southern Oregon confirmed what residents of the small towns had known since the day they were unwillingly sprayed with dangerous pesticides—the applications were illegal. Statements released on April 8, 2014, by […]

  • Beef Prices-All Time High, Winter Takes Toll on U.S. Farms

    Updated: 2014-04-09 16:46:00
    The front page of today’s Los Angeles Times provided an in-depth look at variables associated with record high beef prices in the U.S. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal explained today that a harsh winter took a toll on farms throughout the U.S. and adversely impacted many crops. -kg

  • Hoeven, Childress Back Blender Pumps

    Updated: 2014-04-09 08:55:47
    At an April 8 Senate Agriculture hearing, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and Richard Childress, former NASCAR driver, testify of the importance of increased blender pumps to provide consumers with greater choice at the pump. -kg

  • Avon Joins Other Companies in Phasing Out Triclosan from Products

    Updated: 2014-04-09 05:20:22
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 9, 2014)  Cosmetics giant Avon will join several other notable cosmetics and personal care companies in committing to remove the antibacterial pesticide triclosan from their products. This announcement comes months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will require manufacturers of antibacterial soaps and other consumer goods to prove […]

  • Heitkamp Underscores Importance of Biofuels to North Dakota’s Energy Production

    Updated: 2014-04-09 02:09:26
    Today Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.) participated in a Senate Ag Committee hearing where she reinforced the importance of biofuels toward building a strong all-of-the-above energy strategy, and highlighted the need for policies that support biofuels. -kg

  • See You at “Advancing Sustainable Communities,” National Pesticide Forum, April 11-12, Portland, OR!

    Updated: 2014-04-08 05:01:48
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 8, 2014) With less than a week until the 2014 National Pesticide Forum, please take a moment to consider three reasons why you should attend this exciting and important event: 1. Learn from Leading Scientists and Experts: Many of the conference speakers are top leading experts in their fields, and you just […]

  • With Big Money, Industry Fights County Ordinance to Ban GE Crop Planting

    Updated: 2014-04-07 06:13:16
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 7, 2014) A recent report by The Oregonian found that enormous amounts of money are being spent by agrichemical and biotechnology companies in one Oregon county to stop an ordinance that would ban farmers from being able to plant genetically engineered (GE) Crops. This current legislative fight encapsulates the uphill funding battle that anti-GE […]

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